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Old September 12th, 2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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I need some help on the tire sizes Iíll need for my wire wheels. Iíd like crossply tires front and back. (Fatís on the rear narrow up front)
My question is what are my rims sizes and what is the tallest/fattest tire I can fit on the rear and what tire will suit the fronts.
Because I havenít a clue about tires. In the below photos I have shown the tape to the outside edges and also to where the inner lip is. (I think this is where the tire size is measured)
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Old September 12th, 2012, 12:32 AM   #2
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Spink,

I am sure that a few guys might chime in with their opinions. I honestly have no clue. HOWEVER, maybe PM UVT MIke. You can look up his profile in the community tab, member list. He owns (I think) Universal Vintage Tire. If I were to listen to anyone about tire size etc, it would be him.

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Thanks for the heads up Keith. I'll drop him a line.

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Old September 12th, 2012, 05:36 AM   #4
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Just for clarification, I do not own UVT, just work here. And thanks for the props!

Looks as though you have 19" and 17" wheels. Only way to be positive is find the diameter. Take a string and run it around the rim where the bead of the tire sets. Measure the string for the circumference of the bead set. Then divide that by pi (3.14) and you will have the rim diameters.

Best guess on what you can run at this point is a 475/500-19 (29.50") or 525/550-19 (30.75") on the rear and a 525/550-18 (29.35") up front. We can figure the rest out once we are positive on the diameters.

Any idea what kind of rims you have there?
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Hey Mike!

Well, I knew you were connected.....I love the RPU (course I can't find the thread for it anywhere) but it is a beautiful machine.

I will be hitting you up for my project in a bit. I know what rears I want, just trying to figure out the fronts for a nice look that is proportional and will handle.

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Old September 13th, 2012, 09:20 AM   #6
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Ok the fronts are 1370mm (54") The rears are 1540mm (60").

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Ok the fronts are 1370mm (54") The rears are 1540mm (60").

Cheers!

I think this may be the circumference? So does this translate into

Rear 21"

Front 17"

Not exactly (I rounded to the nearest inch) front measurments actually come to 17.2 or 17 and 1/8. Don't know what that means.....lol!
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Ok the fronts are 1370mm (54") The rears are 1540mm (60").

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Yes that's circumference

1370mm x 0.039 = 53.43" / 3.14 = 17.01"

1540mm x 0.039 = 60.06" / 3.14 = 19.12

I'd say 17 & 19


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Right on! That would be a 525/550-17 and a 475/500-19 or 525/550-19
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Right on! That would be a 525/550-17 and a 475/500-19 or 525/550-19
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This is going to a stupid question but i don't have a clue about vintage tires so here goes.... How wide can i go with the rear?
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Guess I shouldn't be doing math calculations late at night after a couple of beers?

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Old September 17th, 2012, 07:59 AM   #13
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The 525/550 is about as wide as you can go on those rims. The inside bead set measurement on those 19" wheels looks to be only 2 3/4". The 475's are for 2.5" to 3" and the 525's are used on a 3" to 3.5" wheel. Anything larger than the 525 will not work.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 10:13 AM   #14
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Cheers Mike. I just wasn't sure it'll look right. I've spent a while looking at other wired rods and am happy :D
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Pretty sure that a lot of guys using the wires are running the 16" Ford wires from the late 40's and early 50's. Those are wider wheels (4 - 4 1/2") and there are more options with them.
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Yea but being in ireland this is the best i could get. For the fronts is the 525/550 as small as i can go? I want to make the rears look huge so making the fronts smaller will help.
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The 525/550-17 is the smallest 17" tire that is manufactured. You may be able to find a motorcycle tire that would work, however, it would not handle very well.
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Have you tried R&R Imports in the UK for wheels ?? .. they generally have a barrowload of 16 inch Model 18 heels in stock form 45 quid to 65 quid depending on whether they're laced or welded, bent or straight spoke and the condition ... http://www.randrhotrodimports.co.uk/ ... That's where my front wheels came from.
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